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Agreement signed for new railway

Update: May, 22/2009 - 00:00

Agreement signed for new railway

(23-05-2009)

Railway workers carry out maintenance work on the track in Kim Mon District in the northern province of Hai Duong. A project to build the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway, costing US$350 million, will start soon.—VNA/VNS Photo Bui Tuong

HA NOI — A US$350 million bidding agreement for the construction of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project was signed yesterday between the Railway Department and a Chinese company.

It was the largest bidding package so far for design, equipment and installation between the China Railway No.6 Engineering Group Co and the Viet Nam Railway Department.

Under the agreement, signed in Ha Noi, the Chinese partner will provide 52 carriages, build the viaduct and railway stations and provide the technology.

"The railway, expected to finished in 2014, is to serve the Southwest to the inner city, the busiest route in Ha Noi," department deputy director Tran Quy Thuong said.

Four-carriage trains will travel the 13km route with an average speed of 35km per hour and a maximum speed of 80km per hour with the capacity of 28,500 passengers an hour.

The line is the biggest part of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated train project, which will cost $552 million, with $419 million funded by a loan from the Chinese Government.

It will have 12 overhead stations, starting from Cat Linh, in front of the Horizon Hotel, through Hao Nam, Hoang Cau, Thai Thinh 1, Nga Tu So, Nguyen Trai, Tran Phu, Quang Trung, National Highway 6 and the new Ha Dong coach station.

The project is one of those to mark the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long-Ha Noi.— VNS

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